Leslie Patterson Named UCO's 2013 Everett Southwest Literary Award Winner

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts have named Leslie Patterson the winner of the 2013 Everett Southwest Literary Award Winner.

April 19, 2013

Media Contact:  Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121, cbass4@uco.edu

LESLIE PATTERSON NAMED UCO’S 2013 EVERETT SOUTHWEST LITERARY AWARD WINNER

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts have named Leslie Patterson the winner of the 2013 Everett Southwest Literary Award Winner.

Patterson, who submitted a collection of stories titled “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” in the competition, will receive $5,000 as the winner.

A celebration is scheduled for 7 p.m., April 23 in the Will Rogers Room of Central’s Nigh University Center to honor both Patterson and the support of the Everett family of Oklahoma City.  The award is provided by the Everett Family Foundation and through the leadership of Central alumnus Dean Everett, Ph.D.   

During the celebration, Patterson will read from “The Stories We Tell Ourselves.”  The celebration is free and open to the public.

Lee Abbott, author of “Love is the Crooked Thing“ and ”Wet Places at Noon,” judged submissions for this year’s competition.

Patterson received her Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University and now teaches in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University, where she is also the editor of “Iron Horse Literary Review.”

Her prose is forthcoming or has recently appeared in “Texas Monthly,” “Colorado Review,” “Creative Nonfiction,” “Baltimore Review,” “Grist, The New Guard,” “Barrelhouse,” and other publications.

Additionally, she serves as the case storyteller for the Texas Regional Public Defenders Office for Capital Cases, where she interviews witnesses and the accused and fights the death penalty in Texas. She was recently awarded a 2012 Embrey Human Rights Fellowship for her work with indigent defendants charged with capital murder.

For more information about the Everett Southwest Literary Award, contact Constance Squires, Ph.D., associate professor in the English Department, at csquires1@uco.edu.

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Editor’s Note: Art for publication may be downloaded at www.uco.edu/photo/LesliePatterson.  

Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts have named Leslie Patterson the winner of the 2013 Everett Southwest Literary Award Winner. Patterson will read from “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” at a free and public celebration scheduled for 7 p.m., April 23 in the Will Rogers Room of Central’s Nigh University Center.